11:41 13 Apr 2003

According to ABC (Australian) US Marines have entered Tikrit.

General Tommy Franks says the Marines had met little resistance, but he cautioned against hopes that the war was about to end.
Tikrit, a city 175 kilometres north of Baghdad, is the the last major Iraqi centre not yet controlled by US forces.

So where the hell is the rest of Iraq’s army? I realize that we’ve killed a lot of it, some of it has surrendered, and many Iraqi soldiers have just gone home, but did the WHOLE ARMY JUST DISINTEGRATE? That really seems a little far-fetched. But we’d know if there were any large formations out in the desert, wouldn’t we? We’d know if large numbers of troops and their equipment retreated into Syria, wouldn’t we? This has been way too easy. We’ll see.